Facebook Messenger will soon be the only way to chat in Facebook

April 9, 2014

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If what's already happening in Europe comes to pass worldwide, then Facebook users might soon be facing a big, intrusive change. Users in Europe have started to receive warnings that Facebook will soon be requiring its Messenger app to be downloaded and used if they want to keep on chatting with their Facebook contacts.

This move is hardly surprising but probably also poorly timed. Facebook has had for some time a dedicated messaging app that could also tap into your SMS workflow way before Google+ Hangouts even offered that feature. To some, it offered the convenience of not having to go through the rather clunky Facebook app just to chat away. To others, it might be a source of confusion with two separate ways to communicate on Facebook. This upcoming policy will remove that confusion but will probably not reduce ill feelings.

Facebook will soon be requiring the use of its own Messenger app in full, removing the messaging facility from its mobile apps. Theoretically, this will allow it to iterate over the Messenger app independent of the main app. As we've seen these past weeks, that might be a good thing. The transition, however, might not be so smooth for those not used to how the Messenger app works. In particular, the Chat Heads feature, which is optional but enabled by default, will need a bit of getting used to.

It is likely that this will not sit well even among Facebook's own fans who have so far held back from installing the standalone messaging app. The added heat might be something that Facebook could do without after it has already been put under the microscope for its WhatsApp acquisition. Still, this change was inevitable and Facebook users will be left with no choice but to grit their teeth and carry on or call it quits and move on to other pastures.

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  • I actually understand this. Why have built-in chat in their main app when they have a separate chat app?

    • Juan Carlos Torres

      Most likely left for a migration period. It was inevitable that Facebook will be pulling the plug sooner or later. Unfortunately, it’s also going to inevitably ruffle some feathers.

      • Garberinc

        Hangouts is a much better app/ experience anyway

  • Sometihng

    Guess I’m gonna start texting again. Sigh.

  • Shurikn Ibuki

    What if you just stop update the app right now? I guess you’ll still be able to send message and read those you received.
    I hate when “updates” are actually “downgrades”